Trump's Travel Ban Case Appears to Be Undercut by His Own Tweets

Tuesday's results report that 50 percent think the Supreme Court is likely to uphold Trump's ban despite lower courts previously blocking it.

"That's right, we need a TRAVEL BAN for certain risky countries, not some politically correct term that won't help us protect our people!"

Trump's Twitter postings Monday also included more of his criticism of London Mayor Sadiq Khan, saying Khan "had to think fast" on his statement that people in his city should not be alarmed to see a greater police presence in the streets following a deadly attack.

The second-guessing about Trump's Twitter strategy extended to the husband of one Trump's senior advisers.

But "extreme vetting" is what's now in place, says Trump in yet another Monday tweet, saying the courts are slow and political.

"People, the lawyers and the courts can call it whatever they want, but I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN!" the first tweet read.

"To the extent that Trump is sort of a bull in a china shop, that might make the Supreme Court nervous", said Peter Margulies, an immigration expert at Roger Williams University School of Law in Rhode Island.

The Trump administration argues that the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals made several mistakes in its recent ruling against the president's executive order.

Trump said in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network shortly after the first ban was signed that the measure would help Syrian Christians fleeing the country's civil war, a comment lawyers challenging the ban have pointed to as a sign it meant to favour christians over muslims. It's not a travel ban.

The president took to Twitter and in four tweets he explained his stand that undercuts his own lawyers.

"The executive order is a tailored response to a very real threat to our national security", Attorney General Ken Paxton said. 'Which is why I said what I said this morning'.

Meanwhile on Monday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, answering questions from reporters about why Trump was publicly contradicting his aides, did her best to dodge the issue, telling reporters that Trump "isn't concerned with what you call it", and that he was only anxious about protecting Americans.

The brief said the order did not violation the Constitution's ban on the government favoring or disfavoring any particular religion or its guarantee of due process.

Keller added that courts should be careful when second-guessing a president's national security determinations, an argument that echoes the administration's view that the judiciary should defer to the president on such matters. Remember, candidate Trump had called for a "Muslim ban". "We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety", he tweeted.

  • Larry Hoffman